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What increases my risk for candidiasis?

Various factors can increase a person's risk for candidiasis. Taking corticosteroids  can decrease immune functions and increase risk of infection. Taking antibiotics can kill healthy bacteria.  Poorly-controlled diabetes, immune disorders like HIV, and some cancer treatments also increase a person's risk. Elevated levels of estrogen create higher risk in pregnant women and those taking estrogen-based birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy. Tight clothing that doesn't breathe, high humidity, and poor personal hygiene can also increase risk for candidiasis.

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